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that problem. >> warren buffett came out this week and said the exact opposite. no disrespect to you but he's worth $40 billion and is considered to be the most successful investor in the history of mankind. he says throughout his life, throughout his career, there have been many periods with much higher tax rates, it's never made a dicky bird's difference to people's willingness to invest and that the combination of reduced spending and a few higher taxes for the wealthier people in america is the perfect answer. i just don't get a coherent argument why you can't do a bit of both. >> here's the issue, is that we have never had a period with more than 1% of the gdp in terms of tax hikes since 1969. that was the last time that happened and that put us into a recession and then we had several decades of increasing unemployment. the amount of tax hikes we're talking about here, piers, are about 3% of the gdp. so you're comparing apples to oranges. you can't say well, under clinton, this didn't happen. that was less than 1% of the gdp. we're talking three times that in the situation that we're
on spending problems because that's the problem we have. >> warren buffett wrote this fascinating piece in the "new york times" today. you're familiar with it today. suppose they come to you with an investment idea. i'm in it. i think you should be, too. would your reply be this? it depends on what my tax rate is on the gain we're going to make. if the tax isn't too high, i'd rather leave the money in my savings account. war len buff set says only in norquist imagine kwis. why are you so concerned about protecting the vast wealth of america's small percentage of increasingly rich people? why do you care? >> i'm in favor of not raising taxes on all the american people and as you know the american people quite rightly understand that politicians who say i tax the rich have not finished the sentence. the sentence runs i'm going to tax the rich first and then i'm coming for the middle class. obama said he would tax people na mate 2 hundrthat make over $ a year. in 2012 he changed the promise. he didn't proposition people he won't raise taxes on you if you make less than $200,000. the new pr
the people who initially are going to get, teresa heinz kerry, warren buffett, people who have massive amounts of money. they're hit the hardest, right? >> absolutely. the proposal i wrote had an exemption for households up to $500,000 in wealth that, is exempting 80% of american households right there. >> how did you draw that line? i can imagine there is all kinds of cheating that is going to happen around that line. or even on the bentley. people are going to say it has dents and not worth very much money. how do you avoid that? >> we have a lot of cheating right now with income tax. so we might to have a higher exemption. we might to have to have slightly higher rates. i think overall fighting wealth inequality is so important. it is really wealth, not income that, affects your access to opportunity and our wealth inequality is so extreme that it's hurting our living standards in the long run. >> and 500,000, that was an arbitrary number. why did you pick that? >> well, like i said, it already exempts about 80% of american households. if you want to make a dent in inequality, you h
kerry, warren buffett, that's who will be hit the hardest? >> absolutely. the proposal had an exemption of proposals with up to $500,000 in wealth. that exempts most households right there. >> how did you draw that line? even on the bentley, people will say it has dents and it's not worst much. how do you have that? >> we have a lot of cheating with income tax and with a wealth tax, i'm sure people would try to cheat on that as well. we might have to have high slightly higher rates. but fighting wealth in equality is so important, bought that's what affect your opportunity and our wealth inequality is hurting were living standard in the long run. >> 500,000, why did you pick that? anything under that, you won't get taxed, above it, you are. >> it already exempts about 80% american households. if you want to make a debt in inequality, you have to have a progressive tax system, and this is a way to do it. >> let us know what you think. trying to be proactive here and help solve the problem. help those guys in washington now. >>> israel why and gaza are claiming the cease-fire as a victory
that are starting to be built. so is the recovery real? warren buffett, the celebrated investor and the world's richest men says, yes. >> we have a large real estate brokerage firm. we have building supply companies. and we're seeing prices moving up somewhat. we're seeing demand improve. we're seeing the overhang of houses diminish. we're coming back. >> on the other hand, the former federal reserve chairman allen greenspan told me don't get excited yet. >> what's happening is real. it's slow. but we can exaggerate how big it is. but it's going, certainly going in the right direction. >> joining me now is chris maier from columbia business school. jonathan miller is the president and ceo of estate appraisal and consulting firm miller samuel. median home prices have risen for eight months in a row. the case schiller 20 city index up is five months in a row. you say don't look at the prices so much. >> i think looking at housing prices is the worst thing to look at. i think you want to look at activity levels. the reason we're seeing prices uptick is we're seeing foreclosure activity at a ligh
.6% last december. that's the number of homes starting to be built. is the recovery real? warren buffett, self-developer and one of the world's richest men, says yes. >> we have building supply companies and we're seeing prices moving up somewhat, we're seeing demand improve, we're seeing the overhang of houses diminish, so we're coming back. >>n the other hand, the former federal reserve chairman alan greenspan told me, don't get excited yet. >> what's happening is real, it's slow, but we can exaggerate how big it is but it's certainly going in the right direction. >> joining me now is chris mayer, he's the professor and mayor of business school. jonathan, let me start with you. median home prices have risen for eight months in a row. the shiller index is up five months in a row. you say don't look at these prices so much. >> i think home prices is the worst thing to look at. the reason we're seeing prices uptick is we're seeing foreclosure activity at a lighter level than it would have been. banks discovered during the process while they held back on foreclosures, short sales were the
from the white house. it comes on the same day warren buffett writing in the "new york times" in an op-ed saying rich is $500,000 a year, and let's tax them. let's have a 30% minimum tax for the income above $1 million of rich people. look what he said here. the "forbes" 400, wealthiest individuals in america hit a new group record. $1.7 trillion, more than five times the $300 billion total in 1992. he says you know, my gang has done pretty well. so leave the middle class alone. and so these two kind of the 1-2 punch from the white house perspective, at least, today on what we should be doing in debt talks. >> buffett is interesting. he said he doesn't think it will be that big a deal if we go off the cliff. >> he says don't worry about raising taxes on investments and income from investments. he said, i will do a good deal, because it's a good deal. not because my taxes are going to be a certain rate. so he has pounded this -- beat this drum for some time. but this is the white house, the latest from the white house on the fiscal cliff and how it would hurt the middle class. >> christ
. >> only story you care about. >> of course. might be some mheisman voters. >> warren buffett. excellent, powerful piece "new york times" in the about taxes on the rich. he says the rich have been just beating the middle class in the economy over the past three decades. he has some great statistics. he also says this notion that rich people like him will stop working hard and investing if taxes go up is crazy. he says, i made a lot of money in the '50s, in the '60s when taxes were higher. it's time for us to pay up. a very powerful piece. >> he starts off that piece "new york times" in the saying an investor you had miadmire comesd says i've got this great deal. i'm in. you should be, too. would you reply it all depends on the tax rate on the gains i'm going to make. if the taxes are tie hioo high goes on to slap grover norquist. >> that's not fair. >> in this piece he actually says he's in favor of higher taxes for the rich. but he actually disagrees with the president at what level shah should kick in. he thinks it should be half a million. very interestingly, he says at the very, very
times" investor warren buffett add slow indicates a minimum tax on what he calls the ultra rich. he says it will not wreck the economy. "the ultrarich, including me, will forever pursue investment opportunities." >> republican senator john mccain says that he is open to changing his mind on susan rice. now, if she's nominated to become the next swuf state, mccain, he now says he has, of course, been critical of her. she's the current u.s. ambassador to the u.n. she is under fire from republicans for initially saying that it was protesters, not terrorists, who launch the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. rice says she went with the information that the intelligence community gave her at the time. mccain now says he is not going to block her nomination. he is going to give her a chance to explain. here's how he explains that. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the action that is they took. you'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> all right. i want to bring in our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougher
, taxes, things that distort economic activity. >> warren buffett wrote an interesting op-ed. he is a supporter of the president but said he does not favor raising rates on people making more than $250,000 but said he would support it for people making $500,000. is there an income level where you support or at least not oppose vehemently the idea of racing rates? >> again, you know, i don't think that's a constructive direction to go in. we -- you know, we could just keep adding ever more brackets, and ever more burdens on people who are productive or have a couple of good years in their business. i think all of that discourages economic growth and discourages risk taking and entrepreneurship. so i'm in favor of moving in the direction of a flatter tax system. of fewer brackets, lower rates, simplicity where we get rid of all the distortions that happen in the tax code, rather than speculating about how many different new brackets we should create. >> i want to get to benghazi. on taxes you talk about closing loopholes and reducing destructions. grover norquist says that would vi
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